Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK now manages and supports CancerHelp UK and is responsible for developing and maintaining our clinical trials database. You can ring the Cancer Research UK information nurses if you want to talk about clinical trials generally, or discuss any specific trial on our database.
Cancer Research UK was formed in February 2002 from the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign and The Imperial Cancer Research Fund. It is the foremost cancer charity in the UK and the largest charitable funder of cancer research.
It funds doctors and scientists in hospitals, universities and research institutes across the UK. Cancer Research UK is the European leader in the development of new anti cancer drugs. It funds research on many aspects of the disease from its causes to treatment as well as prevention and screening.
The Drug Development Office at Cancer Research UK develops and assesses new treatments for patients with cancer.
Cancer Research UK Information Nurses
Feedback form: Send a question about cancer
Freephone: 0808 800 40 40
ExperimentalCancer Medicines Centre (ECMC) Network
The ECMC network aims to bring together cancer doctors, research nurses and scientists to make clinical trials of new treatments quicker and easier. There are 18 centres across the UK that are all involved with clinical trials of experimental treatments and tests.
The ECMC initiative is funded by Cancer Research UK and the Departments of Health of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The centres will use the money to run trials of new and experimental treatments. They will also analyse thousands of blood and tissue samples (biopsies) to help find out more about how treatments work and what happens to cancer cells.
Department of Health
Customer service phone line: 0207 210 4850 (08.30 - 17.30 Mon-Fri)
Textphone: 0203 741 8449
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland)
The DHSSPS responsibilities include reviewing all NICE guidance published from July 2006 and deciding whether it should be implemented in Northern Ireland. Also sometimes shortened to HPSS.
Phone: 028 90520500
Email: A-Z list of email contacts on DHSSPS website
Medical Research Council (MRC)
The Medical Research Council is a national organisation funded by the UK Government. They work closely with the Department of Health and other organisations and fund research in all areas of health care, including cancer.
One Kemble Street
Phone: 01793 416200
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) aims to improve the quality, relevance and focus of research in the NHS.
National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI)
The National Cancer Research Institute was set up in 2001. It is a partnership between the government, charities and industry. The aim of the NCRI is to oversee and coordinate cancer research in the UK. The main research organisations map out what they are all already doing and plan jointly for future cancer research. This means that NCRI can identify gaps in research and monitor the progress that is being made across cancer research initiatives. They encourage collaboration between different research organisations to improve the speed and quality of cancer research in the UK.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing guidance to the Government on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health in England and Wales. Once a drug has been licensed for use in the UK, NICE are responsible for assessing whether it should be available on the NHS. The equivalent function for Scotland is carried out by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (see below).
Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC)
NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme
The Department of Health’s Research and Development programme funds the Health Technology Assessment programme. It is a national research programme that helps assess tests and treatments to see how good and how cost effective they are. The HTA funds research and clinical trials in all areas of healthcare including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
Health talk Online website
The cancer section of this website contains video and audio clips of people with the main types of cancer, so that you can share in their stories. There is a section about taking part in clinical trials at www.healthtalkonline.org/medical_research/clinical_trials